Author: Grady Summers

The 2020 Elections Will be Hotly Contested, and the Integrity of the Election Is Critical to Ensure Confidence in a Free and Fair Election In February, I was part of an international election observation mission to Moldova—the former Soviet Republic tucked between the Ukraine and Romania, and the poorest country in Europe. We met with candidates and political leaders, and collectively observed hundreds of polling places on election day, to help validate that the elections were free and fair. I loved meeting the people in Moldova and seeing their hope for the future. Even under challenging circumstances of corruption and…

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It’s Fefreshing to See the Industry Hyping Security Concepts That Actually Work Every year at the RSA Conference, industry practitioners are treated to a never-ending set of marketing buzzwords. Peppered throughout the talks, and plastered on booths and billboards, with invocations of FUD and FOMO to energize spend in a new area. Of course, the use of buzzwords isn’t exclusive to RSA, but this time of year seems to be when new campaigns are rolled out and the big new products are announced.  Everyone’s experience is difference, but at this year’s RSA Conference, I got the feeling that peak buzzword…

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For the last few months, it’s been hard to avoid Marie Kondo. Author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and star of the Netflix series Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. Her advice is everywhere today, but did you know that her advice also applies to visiting the RSA Conference?  I’ve spent most of my career in security as an enterprise security professional, with the last few years spent vendor-side, so I’m very aware that there are many traps that can be easily fallen into when making security purchasing decisions. With 700+ vendors expected at RSA, there will be a…

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Chinese Companies Are facing Many of the Same Cyber Challenges as Companies Elsewhere in the World Late last year, I had the opportunity to visit China. It’s not an exotic trip for an American company, but it had been a while since an executive from my company had visited, for reasons that might be obvious. So, I didn’t take this trip for granted, and was excited to have the chance to meet with some of the most innovative companies in China. I wanted to learn about the problems they’re facing them and how they are addressing those challenges. My agenda…

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